Some much needed TLC has recently been delivered to Penge Town Centre with facelifts to pavements, the squares and a number of local businesses.
In the last 2 years funding from the TfL and GLA totalling nearly £1m, has been used to implement a programme of regeneration for the town centre. Penge has seen its two public spaces, Empire and Arpley Squares, upgraded with new sustainable furniture, trees, an event stage and York stone paving. The Penge Triangle area and the main stretch of the High Street have likewise received the same York Stone treatment and the main crossroads ,with the Pawleyne and old police station at two of its corners, is now clearer and hopefully less dangerous.
The Council engaged Architects You & Me Architecture and Castleton Signs to deliver several eye-catching, innovative improvements to many previously run down or dated shop facades, under the Shop Front Improvement Programme.
Funding from GLA’s New Homes Bonus fund has also been used to deliver a programme of business support to local businesses which included funding for the SE20 website, retail and marketing advice from consultants Retail Revival and the Penge Tout Pop Up Shop which ran for a period of 12 months from 2017 to 2018 providing a high street platform for start-ups and small new business.
The Council is also looking to implement improvements to certain buildings on the High Street along with a series of Heritage plaques in the coming months to support the previously delivered Penge Heritage Trail.
Here are some of the highlights of the recent shop upgrades: